It’s been two years today since I closed my pattern shop and stopped teaching and I have had no regrets.
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I spent about fifteen years designing, teaching, and selling: to stores, quilt guilds, magazines, & digitally. I wrote a book that was bought by a publisher and then canceled. Trunk shows, events, & classes were all part of my life. The decision to “retire” was the culmination of many things, not the least of which was my mental & physical health and the overwhelming feeling that *I* was the product. I have the utmost respect for designers who can hustle day after day, year after year. In the end, I realized I’d grown in a different direction and it was time to move on. I still love designing, I will always love quilting, and I still share my retired patterns in exchange for a small donation to a local-to-the-quilter non-profit (monetary, material, or time). (Email me with your receipt or proof of volunteering – firstname.lastname@example.org. One pattern per donation.)
It’s on my list for 2022 to put together a list of retired patterns. I meant to do that in 2020, but here we are.
Make what you love and if all possible, love what you do.
All the best for a safe & happy New Year.
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